871 punters turned up at The Graveyard
, and despite threatening clouds on the horizon, no rain came. Erling Jakobsen
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Albert Janczyk
and Harold Vonk
ATA had chosen a strategic 2-5-3 formation.
The following players had been chosen: Spina - Rivas Palas, Boll - Andreevski, Courinha, Nydahl, Kap, Timmer - Kempes, Angelov, Todorov.
Soldiers started off with a 2-5-3 lineup.
The following players took the field: Josko - Ünsi, Haxthausen - Kveladze, Atamanchuk, Vondel, Weisglas, Koole - Fialko, Rybčák, Gonatas.
ATA seemed to prefer attacking in the middle.
Soldiers's G. Weisglas
was shown a yellow card for standing over the ball and blocking an opponent's quick free kick after 17 minutes.
The referee signaled a penalty for the home side after 29 minutes, amid vocal protests from the visitors. ATA fans erupted in celebration as X. Courinha
rifled the ball into the the top corner. 1 - 0!
ATA's G. Timmer
increased the lead to 2 - 0, after he saw his shot go between the legs of the advancing goalkeeper following some good play down the right wing after 30 minutes.
The away team improved the scoreline to 2 - 1, as T. Gonatas
struck home, set up well by a play on the left 32 minutes into the match.
Cheers filled the stadium as B. Kap
broke through the visitors' central defence to put away the ball to increase the lead to 3 - 1 to ATA.
ATA put in a good effort on the right, but X. Courinha
saw his volley fly wide of the mark 37 minutes into the game.
With 38 minutes played, ATA put themselves up 4 - 1 when the visiting defenders lost the ball to A. Todorov
, who came up from the left and proceeded to coolly round the keeper and knock the ball home.
Halftime score was 4 - 1.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by ATA, with 63 percent of the ball.
Things were going to get worse for the visitors. V. Angelov
squirmed through their central defence after 47 minutes, increasing the lead to 5 - 1.
At this point, it was obvious that the players of ATA lowered the tempo and became more defensively oriented.
The opposing supporters gave the referee an earful when he only gave P. Haxthausen
from Soldiers a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 50 minutes into the game. That was far too lenient!
One of many good crosses from G. Timmer
on the wing was received and skillfully taken care of by C. Kempes
, who scored for ATA. 6 - 1
A speedy charge from the left side of the field increased the lead of ATA to 7 - 1 as T. Nydahl
finished it off competently, firing in from an acute angle.
A great save by keeper V. Josko
after 78 minutes kept the visitors in the game after C. Kempes
struck from the left with a real cannonball.
80 minutes into the match, the visitors' central line of defence had to look on as C. Kempes
broke through, making the score 8 - 1 for ATA.
ATA had most of the ball, with 65 percent of possession.
The most dominating ATA player was without a doubt X. Courinha
On the other hand, B. Kap
's play was disheartening.
Most important Soldiers player was T. Gonatas
However, V. Josko
made a disastrous appearance.
The match ends 8 - 1.